Virginia House of Delegates lines under scrutiny

June 30, 2016


In a recent federal court case, a panel of three judges ruled 2-1 that 12 of Virginia’s House of Delegates voting districts lines had not been drawn based on racial predominant consideration, except in the case of one of the 12 districts. Following the 10-year census, the lines were redrawn in 2011. The case was appealed by appellants in October 2015 following the federal court’s ruling that the districts “…did not constitute unlawful racial gerrymanders in violation of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution,” as stated in the Jurisdictional Statement to the Supreme Court.